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Traditionally Styled Galician House



Updated: 17-Oct-2016
House in O Rosal, Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain - Wonderful Views of the River and Mountains of Portugal

A lovingly restored traditional Galician house in a peaceful setting with stunning views across the River Mino to Portugal. The spacious garden with its ancient vines, shrubs and citrus trees has dining and barbecue areas with plenty of room for sunbathing or sitting under the shade of the vines. There is a bar and restaurant just around the corner which serves good food. You can stroll along the river where you can see a variety of water birds, both resident, and summer visitors from Africa, or, walk in the woods and hills and you will find some of the most splendid panoramic views of the area. San Miguel is in the Rias Baixas wine growing region and the house is very close to the famous Santiago Ruiz bodega which produces the rather special white O Rosal wine. There is a small museum of wine making in the bodega which is well worth a visit. Delicious Albarino and O Rosal wines can be sampled at the many local bodegas.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Having both spent many years living in West Wales it was time for a change. Our children were grown up with lives of their own so we set off on a voyage of discovery. It was 2002 when we left to walk the ancient pilgrimage trail to Santiago. For several weeks we walked across the mountains and plains; drinking in the scenery and stunned by the power and beauty of the country. In the final stages of the journey we climbed the last range of mountains and into Galicia. It felt like coming home.

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Speaks English, Spanish

Guestbook comments from the owner

Beautiful house, inspirational garden. This is life as it should be lived! Fiona Edinburgh.

If I could choose my dream house, this would be it and the garden is magical. Chaitanya, Bristol.

Kayaking up the Tamuxe was a highlight!. Helen & Luke, Kent.

Another beautiful week in Galicia full of sunshine, good company and good food. We will be back. Jennie and Peter, Cornwall.

Without your help we wouldn't have found half the cool places we did, the horse round-up, swimming at the waterfall in the mountains, wine tasting, the amazing restaurants and brilliant beaches. The Harrisons.

Fabulous holiday! With three children under five, the beaches you recommended at Eiras, A Guarda and Anchora were great. Toby & Helena, Madrid.
Dec 2008
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3 Reviews

based on 3 holidaymaker reviews


8 May 2015

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay at the villa despite the weather being very wet - the garden is really amazing, and the pictures do not do it full justice. Karen and Suzi are really helpful, kind and informative hosts. The villa is very clean and spacious - it felt like a home from home.

We stayed with my elderly Mum who was able to manage the steps at the property with no problems.

  • Review Submitted: May 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was great that you managed to get out and about so much despite the weather in the first few days. Today in early May the temperature is in the low twenties and we have to water the garden daily.. I'm so glad you enjoyed the garden. It really is at it's best at this time of year. Thank you so much for leaving the house so beautifully tidy and treating it as you would your own home.
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Another great summer in Galicia

  • 5 of 5

Another great summer (our third) at Karen and Susi’s place. Now that the kids are older (almost five) we have been able to expand our knowledge of the area. We marvel at the fact that we have still so many places to discover. The fact of being in between Spain and Portugal is in this sense a great advantage. One day you wake up feeling like going abroad, to Portugal (only 15 minutes away from the house) and the next day you decide to keep local and go, for instance, to the wine festival in Rosal, right next door. By the way, in this festival we were able to taste some very nice wines, enjoying, on the side, a freshly made octopus.

Since we stayed at the house more than three weeks, we had the feeling of almost belonging there. The fishmonger at La Guardia’s market already knew us as well the women at the supermarket, who remembered us from past summers. People, both in Galicia and Portugal are very nice.

For the first time, we went kayaking (we rented the kayak at a place next to the house) in the Tamuxe river. Susi and Karen kindly offered to come along to show us good swimming spots for the kids. It was lovely and we really enjoyed ourselves.

The garden gets prettier each year. The kids, urbane as they are, feel so happy to be able to twist the oranges off the tree every morning. They also discovered what dew was and had a daily routine of watching out for snails, checking on what ants were up to eating and visiting the strawberry plant to see if they could feast on any and also chatting a bit with Susi or Karen, if they are around, who always teach them something new.

So all and all, we had a splendid time, didn't want to leave and hope to come back again.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 12, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A haven!

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying in this beautiful old stone house with its colourful garden and its magnificent views across the estuary to Portugal. Inside it feels like a real family house with books, games, DVDs and toys for the children all supplied. The garden is peaceful and full of flowers and fruit trees. There is also plenty of garden furniture, a hammock and a built in stone barbecue.

There is lots to explore with dozens of beaches in both Spain and Portugal within a short drive and walks in the hills behind offering fantastic views across to the sea. Anyone used to Spain's more touristy destinations will find the prices here in both shops and restaurants extremely reasonable and the quality of the fresh food excellent.

Karen and Susi are very friendly and welcoming hosts who can advise you on all the local attractions and restaurants. They are always around but never intrusive.

Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

In 2004 having sold up in Wales we combined forces to buy a dilapidated house with a tumbledown barn and overgrown jungle of a vineyard in the small village of San Miguel. After some years of renovation we can now offer the original four bedroomed house for rent. The old vineyard has developed into a garden with many different places to sit and new things around every twist of the path. We are available daily to advise on activities and day trips or to provide directions to some of the 'hidden gems'.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Barpub : As Brasas at 100 Metres Nearest Restaurant : Restaurante As Brasas at 100 Metres Car: necessary


Within 10 minutes drive of the river beach at Eiras, (warmer than the sea) the large estuary beach at Camposancos or the smaller beaches of Praia Area Grande in A Guarda. The sparkling clear but chillier water straight from the mountains is a five minute drive or twenty minute walk to a lovely swimming place.30 minutes drive will take you to Praia America and the other popular beaches of Baiona or, in the other direction, to the Portuguese beaches. All are well served with restaurants/bars.


Oporto airport in Portugal is just over an hours drive.Easyjet, Ryanair and T.A.P provide a good service and this is probably the cheapest and easiest place to fly to. Santiago de Compostella is about 2 hours, also served by Ryanair. Vigo is only 45 minutes drive - served by Iberia in the summer months. A car is essential to get the best from the area. From the Santander ferry there is a 7/8 hour drive.


The nearest town is La Guardia a 10 minute drive. From there, up the coast to Baiona takes about 20 minutes. Heading up-river, the old town of Tui with its cathedral and old city walls is also a 20 minute drive. Vigo is the largest city in Galicia a 45 minute drive. Pilgrims destination cathedral city of Santiago is 1½ hours away and well worth a visit. A 10 minute drive can take you across to Portugal to browse the outdoor markets of Villa Nova de Ceveira and Camina.

Further Details:

This is a perfect spot from which to explore both Galicia and Northern Portugal. But if you don't want to drive, our local bar restaurant has good food and friendly service.

In La Guardia you can buy fresh meat and fish daily at the market,. eat at the waterfront restaurants and visit Monte Tecla with its Celtic / Roman excavated settlement and museum. You can drive up the winding mountain road or walk up through the trees. From the summit there are stunning views of the estuary and white beaches stretching into the distance; and there are 2 bar/restaurants near the top where you can relax and enjoy the view with a drink and tapas.

Take a picnic and walk the trails between the water mills on the rivers Folon and Picon. Cool down in the natural plunge pool near the top. You can take the picturesque mountain route to Baiona with stunning views of the bay and the Isles de Cies and return along the rocky coast. Alternatively, take the ferry or drive over the friendship bridge to Portugal to wander round the market towns of Valenca and Barcelos and down the Portuguese coast to explore the fishing ports and beaches. The town of Viana do Castello is worth a visit and in the narrow cobbled streets of the old part of Porto by the river there are yet more delicious fish restaurants.

A day trip to Ourense to sample the hot springs makes a change from the beach, and a trip down the nearby Canyon de Sil is an experience not to be missed.

Summer is a time of celebration and many towns and villages host a food or wine fiesta. From the lobster fiesta in La Guardia in June, the wine fiesta in O Rosal in July to the jamon fiesta in A Caniza in August and the seafood fiesta in O Grove in September, food and wine is celebrated somewhere in the area every week.

Bicycles and canoes can be hired just down the road.

Regular bus service half-hourly from the village to La Guardia, Tui, Vigo, Baiona etc. Trains from Guillarei in Tui and Vila Nova de Ceveira.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 1
22 Oct 2016 - 2 Jun 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
peak season
1 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
50% payable by direct bank transfer to confirm booking The balance payable in cash on arrival.

Changeover Day:
Arrival after 5pm. Departure by 10am. Changeover day flexible.

Notes on prices:
Long winter let rates available on request. Remember, temperatures here are always warmer than the U.K.!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

The people of the area are friendly and proud of their Galician heritage. Traditional Galician music and dancing are represented at all the local fiestas. The fantastic view over the river to Portugal and the easy access to beaches, historic towns, river and mountain walks makes it a great place to stay.

Property Type

  • house


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • river
  • rural
  • village


  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • diving
  • surfing
  • swimming


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Two x bathrooms both have shower, WC and wash basin.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 1 - We can provide 2 travel cots if needed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with double bed. Bedroom 3 with double bed. Bedroom 4 with 2 single beds.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 1 bicycles


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: The house and garden are child-friendly (hopefully your children are garden-friendly) If needed we have child gates for the top and the bottom of the steps leading to the house. We also have two high chairs, a pushchair and two travel cots. Outside: The garden, with its ancient vines, shrubs and citrus trees has plenty of room for sunbathing. There is a flag-stoned BBQ area with tables and chairs and other dining areas so you can breakfast in the sun and dine under the shade of the vines. Apart from garden chairs, there are sun loungers, sun-umbrellas, swing seats and a hammock in the garden. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and bath towels provided - please bring your own beach towels. Washing service available for a small charge.

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