Farmhouse in Valadares, Costa Verde, Portugal - Very Pretty Valley 15 Minutes Drive From The Regional City, Beaches And National Park
Situated on the edge of an attractive small village set in a beautiful wooded valley, Quinta de Valadares is a great place to relax. Watch the villagers tend their crops and vines and enjoy the delights of this traditional rural setting. There are various fruit trees and grape vines in the 4,000 square metre garden that you can pick and eat from in season. Get refreshed and fit in the 20 x 4m swimming pool, dry off on the sun trap patio then make a barbeque. The house has recently been fully renovated. Please note that the owner resides at the property in a small house situated near the pool area during the summer letting period.
Top Traveller Review
Beauutiful villa and location
About the Owner
I am semi retired and involved in diverse projects generally, but not always, using the Quinta as my base.
My family and friends are spread over many different countries with diverse backgrounds and occupations. I enjoy most everything in life, except bigotry and priggishness.
It is important to me that I am straightforward and honest in all my activities. So if you decide you would be interested in booking a stay, email or phone me for more details and references. I want you and your family and/or friends to have a great and relaxing holiday, stress free for all of us.
Guestbook comments from the manager
"Many, many thanks for a wonderful holiday in a great place. All three children have learned to swim confidently." (2 German families sharing - children 5-8 years.)
"It's an oasis!" (Delighted family with young children from Ireland.)
"We want to come twice next year." (Birmingham family) One slot already booked.
"We had a great time. The kids and granddad all enjoyed themselves, especially when we pushed them all into the pool fully clothed to strip and dry later. Hope the neighbours didn't mind all the squeeling!" (Thames Valley family)
"It is so beautiful. Even the sausages are good! There is so much to see." (2 Polish families sharing)
3.7 based on 3 holidaymaker reviews
Unlike the photographs! Beware!
The photographs looked wonderful, the reality is very different. Perhaps the pictures were taken some years ago, evidenced by the growth of the vegetation around the property. We were not allowed to park our car within the property, but expected to leave it in a small corner on a narrow road outside. The villa is much further away from the major town than we were told. There was a woman sweeping floors and making beds up when we arrived. Then she left. The bathrooms were dirty, what looked very like faeces on one loo and the basins had dried scum and soap rings, and around the taps was dirty. One of the two showers, the walk in one, we were asked not to use as someone was coming to fix it later in the week. The kitchen, where cupboards contained part packets of food and the fridge was also full of leftovers, which we were invited to help ourselves to! As if! The fridge itself was dirty, We told him it was unacceptable. There were bottles of spring water standing in the corner at room temperature which he said were to drink. When I asked how long they had been there he could not answer, nor seemed to understand why we asked. Unchlorinated water at room temperature can become unsafe to drink. The rest of the kitchen was just as unappetising, oven cloth, tea towels, all soiled. Under the sink there appeared to have been a leak of dirty water, which sat in a black puddle over the shelf. The sink needed cleaning, the cooker, all of it. We went out to see the pool. It was green on the bottom with black lumps scattered around. He told us he does not use a pool man but does it himself. He could not answer our questions about bacteria counts and pH, obviously this was not something he bothered too much about. He next showed us a broken down and dirty BBQ. By this time we were all feeling dreadful. We had been up since 2 and 3 am that day, and to be confronted with this dreadful place was more than we could cope with. Apparently the owner would be staying in rooms under the main house, but with direct access into the house through the laundry room, which he expected to use while the house was rented out. Our feelings of revulsion at the condition of the villa were made very plain to him, Firstly he suggested we should clean the place for a consideration. We rejected his offer he said we should leave. We agreed. We managed to find two rooms in an hotel that night, and spent the next day find in alternative accommodation. What a nightmare.
Beauutiful villa and location
The renovations are now finished and the interior of the property is stunning - light, airy and very comfortable. We had a fabulous two weeks - the 20 metre pool is a huge bonus and means you can swim proper lengths, and we enjoyed relaxing under the grape vines and sunning ourselves on the huge granite sun deck. The location is perfect - a simple drive from the airport on a fast, empty road, into a beautiful green valley. Its a chance to experience the real Portugal, while being just 20 mins or so from stunning beaches, national park and the Spanish border. The fortress towns all along the Minho at the border on both sides are full of history and interest and the views are sublime. Also everything is extremely cheap - food, petrol, eating out. Colin resided unobtrusively in a stone apartment near the pool during our stay but was on hand if we needed to ask anything, and treated us to a welcome BBQ on the first night and got breakfast supplies in for us, which was much appreciated after our journey and meant we could relax from the moment we arrived. All in all a brilliant holiday - thanks Colin for being such an excellent host.
If you think the current photos look good you should note the property has recently undergone significant renovation and it should now exceed your expectations when you actually get there. It's a beautiful, roomy traditional farmhouse with all mod cons located in a serene farming hamlet, yet only 20 minutes from the white sands of the ocean with verdant slopes at your back. There is so much to see and do around this unspoilt part of Portugal. Everywhere is approximately 20 minutes away; supermarkets, mountain ranges, attractive historic towns and, of course, Espana. It's not too expensive in this part of Portugal either.
From the Owner
“My first visit to the Minho region was in 2004. Friends had bought a camping site and were keen for me to see it. By 2005 I had decided I would buy a property with potential in the region and the search began and in early 2007 we eventually found exactly what I was looking for - a restoration project. Most of the visitors to the region are Portuguese living elsewhere in the country and this has helped maintain the unique character of this unspoiled part of the country. There are some of the usual tourist attractions, but these are in the main quite unobtrusive. The immediate and surrounding areas are a series of connecting valleys and part forested mountain ranges served by good quality roads with beautiful vistas around every corner. It is lush and well tended by the local farmers.”
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
There are a number of sea and river activities, walks of various lengths, guided or mapped and signed, rock climbing, mountain biking, go-carting, etc opportunities in the region. Please let me know what you are interested in and I will try to supply details tailored to your pursuits.
There are many sandy beaches between Viana do Castelo and the Minho river, few of which ever become crowded and many of which you can have almost to yourselves. Where rivers join the Atlantic there are typically shallow, wave free parts suitable for small children. There are river beaches on the Lima and where the Minho reaches the sea the river beach is separated from the sea beach by a narrow strip of sand. Many of the sea and river beaches have lifeguards during the summer season.
Porto airport is a very straightforward 40 minutes drive away. A car is essential unless you have lots of time to use local train and bus services, which are cheap and usually more or less on time, but not frequent, and typically a km or so from where you might want to go - please contact me for details. An airport located car hire company that gives a good package at a very competitive price - please contact me for details. Compared to England, driving can be a joy as the roads are seldom busy.
Valadares is a 15 minutes drive away from everything: shops, beaches, parks, towns and the regional city. The Portuguese consider the region to be the most beautiful in the country, yet it is hardly scarred by tourism and planning protected against inappropriate development. The trunk road is new and doesn't carry much traffic. The old roads twist and turn up and down the mountains and generally only carry light traffic, often none at all, it would seem. Maps and guides are in the house.
There are 2 cafes about 1km away, situated immediately next to each other but not offering much for tourists. Shops, restaurants, entertainment venues and so on are in the neighbouring towns/larger villages and Viana do Castelo. From around mid July to the end of September there are festivals and markets all around the region. There is an out-building, the former Adega (wine production building) situated next to the pool that has been renovated into a small apartment that I use as my living quarters when paying guests occupy the Quinta (the house for holiday letting). Myself or friends helping with the gardening, writing or just chilling out may occasionally stay there while you are in occupation of the Quinta. If you want exclusive use of the property and its outside amenities, do please let me know in advance. I am still exploring the immediate and regional area and have started to build up a more comprehensive guide to the various near by places of interest or curiosity. Likewise with walks and other, more thrilling activities. This work in progress will be available to you. Viana do Castelo is a nice, very small city that has been well preserved and year by year is being carefully made even nicer. Its central shopping mall is modern and has all the Euro-usual outlets. The restaurant cuisine is predominantly local and portions are large. I have not come across a "full English breakfast all day long" place, thankfully, but I do know of a place where you can get a very tasty doner kebab. There is a requirement on many of the local eating places to provide a €5 or €6 workers lunch - 2 courses with a carafe of table wine or a soft drink. Haute cuisine at haute prices is available too. For music lovers, an evening meal with fado (Portuguese blues) music is a must. Various sized ensembles perform "classical" music to a high standard. Euro-pop and local folk music is widespread. Jazz fans need to bring an iPod or similar.
Additional pricing information
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£179|
A 50% deposit is payable on the day of booking with the balance due 4 weeks in advance. A €60 cleaning fee is payable.
A rental agreement, which provides more detail, will be sent to you in advance. A minimum rental of one week is usually required. I am happy to discuss your arrival/departure timing and will endeavor to be as flexible as reasonably possible.
It is preferred to have at least one day between guests. However some flexibility may be possible.
Notes on prices:
Some flexibility on the length of stay and pro-rata charging may be considered where earlier or other pre-booking arrangements for other guests allow.
Manager's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“From London it is an all-in easy 5-6 hrs journey costing less than the train fare to Birmingham! It is an easy 45 mins drive from the lovely, modern Porto airport and the route just gets better and better approaching the house. My neighbours are lovely and very helpful and understanding of my limited portuguese (one speaks french). It is a small village with most houses surrounded by cultivated land so are mainly quite spread out. The sounds of domesticated farm animals drifts over, also accordian music when on a warm evening several of the locals sit outside their houses and play their folk music (I have a collection of modern world jazz if it all gets too buccolic!). Floating in the pool on a balmy night star-gazing, a glass of home-made jeropiga (like port) to hand is bliss.”
- Air Conditioning
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room ...
- Towels Provided
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kitchen ...
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Music Library
- Satellite / Cable
- Video Library
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool
- children welcome
- near the sea
- live theatre
- naturist beach
- winery tours
- sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- 240 m²
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet
- Fully tiled bathroom with wc, bidet, wash hand basin and bath with shower over. Shower room with wc, bidet and wash hand basin.
- 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (3 bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with large double bed and baby cot. Bedroom 2 with large double bed. Bedroom 3 with 2 single beds and bunk bed.
- Golf ...
- The key feature of Quinta de Valadares is its large (20 x 4m) swimming pool and the adjacent patio, barbeque and outside dining area. The pool is long enough to swim proper lengths in as well as just to splash about in. At the shallowest end the water is about 1.2m deep falling to 1.5m over three quarters of the length and then 2.2m deep at the other end. It is opened for swimming from mid-late April until late October, depending on the weather. There is a floating solar cover to help warm and keep it warm in the cooler months. The patio is granite slabed and has been made from the old Eira that had been used for drying corn (now holiday-makers!) and is a planning protected structure. The garden is being turned into (mainly) orchard and the grape vines producing 200 or more litres of wine (depending on the weather) are in the process of re-cultivation. Utility Room: Washing machine. Washer/drier. Cleaning / Towels / Linen The house is cleaned, bed linen, towels etc changed after your departure. There is a €60 charge for this. There are 2 or more sets of bed linen for each bed and if you plan to stay for more than 2 weeks an additional mid-stay clean can be arranged.