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Private/Luxury Self-Catering 2 Bed Accommodation w/Ensuite Bath/Living Rooms

People6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 1,506 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

Holiday accommodation in Covas, Vila Nova De Cerveira, North Portugal - Peaceful Location, A Short Distance From Various Interesting Old Villages And Historical Sights

Sleeps 4/ in a private, luxury accommodation, two bedrooms, each with en-suit bathroom and private sitting rooms. Fully centrally heated, warm in the winter but cool during summer days. Large garden with many different corners to enjoy and a a small plunge pool for our guests. Ideal for people wanting a quiet holiday, interested in enjoying and exploring the unspoiled Alto Minho. Fully equipped kitchen and dining area in The Sun Room and in front a large patio with a picnic table and barbecue. Wi-Fi internet access.


Property Manager
Hjordis
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, Portuguese, Danish, Icelandic
Calendar last updated:
1 September, 2017

About Hjordis

The owners are Hjördís Guðbjörnsdóttir (Icelandic - Public Health Nurse) and Robin Bovey (Canadian/British - Biologist with a lot of interest in Nature Conservation). We live in the farmhouse in a private apartment separate from the guest accommodation, so we are always available to assist our guests. We worked for many years for International Humanitarian Organisation´s in different parts of the world. Since we bought the house in 2006, Hjördís has been in charge of the house renovation but Robin on and off working for UNEP in Sudan. Robin is also a keen woodturner so when he is at home he spends a lot of time in his workshop - you can take a look at his work at http://logs2art.eu/. Hjördís also works on her own things, making jewelry and products from the lavender grown in the garden. They have their craft for sale in their home. Languages spoken in our home is Icelandic, English and Portuguese.

Hjordis purchased this farmhouse in 2006

Why Hjordis chose Covas

We had travelled a great deal over the years for work and wanted to find a house where we could create a calm and peaceful accommodation for guests. The Alto Minho is a very interesting area, full of natural beauty and interesting historical sites to look at.

Beaches are close by, both in Portugal and in Spain but we are very close to the border of Spain. All around Covas there are big and small towns with different things to look at and Spain only a few km away.

What makes this farmhouse unique

We wanted our house to be peaceful and calm and we think we have managed to give it that feel. We have tried to make sure to keep its original look as much as possible even though it has everything that a modern house has today.

We think it is an excellent place to rest and "recharge" your "batteries" and that is what we have to offer, a calm and nice place surrounded by nature and beauty - inside and out.

Guestbook comments from the manager

09.2012 - A great place to stay. Our hosts made us feel most welcome, inviting us to join them for a drink and snack in their beautiful garden. The apartment had a very interesting decor and was beautifully furnished. Nice and cool from the hot sun in parts but a wonderful sunny light airy kitchen leading onto a quaint floral patio area where we barbequed every evening watching the sun go down over the Portugese hills. A short walk to the swimming pool which was a great way to cool down after a long hot day on our motorbikes. Added bonus - fresh raspberries and tomatoes from the garden - delicious. A short walk through the villlage took us to the supermarket where most things were sold.

We had a wonderful time.



05.2012 - It was a wonderful stay in fascinating and peaceful surroundings. The accomodation were beautiful and comfortable where old times and new met in good harmony.
Jan 2011
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Location

Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

All around Covas and in Covas there are walking trails and the area is excellent for bird-watchers. The village is in a small valley surrounded by mountains and natural beauty. We are also close to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, which for many is the end of the Pilgrimage Route of St. James. Covas is therefore and excellent place to rest and relax after the walk. We have maps with walking trails available for our guests.

Coast/Beach:

There are a number of beaches to choose from in the area. The closest are the beaches along the River Minho at Vila Nova de Cerveira and on the north side of the river in Spain – about 20 minutes drive from Covas. There are lovely beaches all along the coastline from Caminha. Some are nicely sheltered on windy days but others are excellent surfing beaches. Further north in Spain – about an hour and a half from Covas, there are nice beaches at Baiona, with very good restaurants.

Travel:

It takes just over an hours to drive north to Covas from Porto airport on the highways, A28 or A3. From the airport in Vigo (Spain) it takes about 45 min and from Santiago de Compostela around 2 hours. A car hire is essential to be able to fully enjoy this beautiful area and you can arrange for car hire at all these airports, see more information on our web-side http://gallerycovas.com/

Distances:

Viana do Castelo, the “capital town” of the Minho is about 40 minutes drive from Covas, a lovely historic city with all major shopping conveniences, restaurants and beaches. Closer to home (20 - 25 min from Covas) are Vila Nova de Cerveira and Caminha, both full of history and life, small squares with cafes and restaurants. Ponte de Lima, one of the loveliest small towns in Portugal, is about 30 min drive from Covas on the banks of the Lima River – famous for its beautiful Roman Bridge.

Further Details:

In Covas we have “Supermercado Lirio”, which Sr Gaspar and his wife run, just at the main road - and you have never seen a real Supermarket until you see this one. The Post Office is in the new "Junta" building, also at the main road. There are three main restaurants and cafes in the village, with a menu, but they also serve the “Dish of the day”. Adega do Lagar do Jamie, is right in the centre of Covas with a lovely view over the River Coura. Café os Dias is on the main road through Covas. They serve very good grilled chicken on Wednesdays for lunch. Then there is Flor de Fontela, they have good beef filet steak (lombo de boi), some special dishes from the area and their Bacalhau is aslo very good. All these restaurants have indoor and outdoor facilities and it is lovely to sit outside on a summer day and watch life go by in this small village.

You can always get freshly baked bread in Covas, Sr. Gaspar has fresh bread in the mornings and in Fontela they bake bread all day long and there is also a small shop there, beside the restaurant.

The area is a naturalist’s paradise and whether your interest is birds, plants or insects, you will enjoy exploring. The woodlands along the River Coura are rich and hold a wealth of wildlife – from wild boar to wildcats. The Serra da Arga is stunningly beautiful, full of interesting plants and birds and good walking trails.

Waterskiing and kayaking is available on the River Minho and you can rent a bike to enjoy the area. The sandy beaches at the Atlantic ocean are great for surfers and there you can also attend surfing courses. Some of the best surfing beaches in Europe are close to Covas.

All the old villages or small towns around Covas, with their historical sights offer interesting arts and craft to look at, various restaurants who offer traditional food from the Minho and of course Vinho Verde - the wine from the region. At the local markets you can get almost anything you need !

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Covas in Vila Nova de Cerveira

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1506 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Two en-suite bathrooms with showers. Shower gel, shampoo, conditioners and hairdryers provided.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/6 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Two bedrooms with double beds, en-suite bathrooms and private living rooms (with sofa beds). Bedrooms have TV´s. The Wine Room is bigger and still has the old wine press in place. The Birds Nest has a calm feeling left by the birds who use to nest there.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • surfing
  • water skiing
Notes:
This is a lovely old farmhouse built in 1706 that we have carefully renovated and modernized. It is centrally heated, warm in the winter, but the thick granite walls keep the house cool during hot summer day's. Our garden always has a resident Black Redstart, the first bird you will hear in the morning and the sound of Scops Owls at night is a feature of the valley and we always have lots of butterflies on the lavender around the garden. We try hard to reduce our carbon footprint – we use solarpanels for water heating and electricity and have an organic garden. We have a large collection of books which you are welcome to borrow and we also have a good collection of DVD´s if you would like to watch a movie in the evening, DVD-players are available. We have decorated our home with the many pieces of art and crafts we have acquired during our time working in various parts of the world, we hope that this gives you the same pleasure it gives us. The property overlooks farmland and woodland with the Serra de Arga beyond. The garden is terraced with lots of private corners to enjoy. It has beautiful views over the Coura Valley and beyond. The garden is full of flowers and outside the rooms is a small courtyard full of roses and screened by vines. If you want to sunbathe, there is a beautiful area with sun-loungers and a parasol´s if it gets too sunny. Depending on when you visit, we often have a surfeit of asparagus, berries, vegetables and herbs from our garden, which we are pleased to be able to offer you. There is a barbecue for your use and outdoor tables and chairs if you want to eat outdoors and enjoy the views. We have solar water heating and solar electrical supply that is hooked into the national grid. There is a washing machine an outside cloth-line, an iron and ironing board. We provide linen, towels and dressing gowns. Beach towels can be provided if asked for. The rooms are cleaned and linen changed once a week. We have decorated the house with the many pieces of art and crafts we have acquired during our time working in various parts of the world. We hope this will give you the same pleasure it gives us.

Reviews

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Private/Luxury Self-Catering 2 Bed Accommodation w/Ensuite Bath/Living Rooms
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews
5

a wonderful place for family vacation / un endroit merveilleux pour des vacances en famille

  • 5 of 5

We are a family with 3 children from 6 to 11 years old. We spent 2 wonderful weeks at Hjordis'home. The home is spaceful, quiet, well equipped with everything you could need. The children loved the swimming pool and Nesi, the adorable dog.

The house is located in a small and peaceful village with restaurants and a small supermarket. It is a good place to visit the North of the Portugal. There are many beautiful places to see. We went to Porto (about 1h of driving), Braga, Viana di Castelo, Santiago di Compostella, the national park of Peneda-Geres, etc.There are also some nice beaches at less than 30mn of driving (better to go there in the morning, in the afternoon it may be windy).

The reception by the owners where tremendous. The house was filled with some food for the first breakfast, Hjordis helped us to prepare our visits, ...

Thank you Hjordis and Robin !

*******

Nous sommes une famille avec 3 enfants de 6 à 11 ans. Nous avons passé 2 merveilleuses semaines chez Hjordis. La maison est spacieuse, calme, bien équipée avec tout ce dont vous pourriez avoir besoin. Les enfants ont adoré la piscine et Nesi, l'adorable chien.

La maison est située dans un petit village paisible avec des restaurants et un petit supermarché. C'est un bon endroit pour visiter le nord du Portugal. Il y a beaucoup de beaux endroits à voir: Braga, Viana di Castelo, Santiago di Compostella, le parc national de Peneda-Geres, etc. Il y a aussi de belles plages à moins de 30mn de conduite (y aller la matin, l'après-midi, il peut y avoir du vent).

L'accueil des propriétaires fut formidable. Le petit déjeuner du premier jour nous attendait dans la maison, Hjordis nous a aidé à préparer nos visites, etc..

Merci Hjordis et Robin!

  • Review Submitted: 01-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Emmanuel Many thanks to you and your family, we all - including Nesi - loved having you and the children filled the house with laughter and joy and Nesi loved all the cuddles and adoration he got from them, all the best to you, Hjördís
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5

An APARTMENT IN COVAS

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our fortnight in Hjordis and Robin's apartment in Covas.The accommodation was excellent with many interesting features- (which for us was a first) a chapel in the garden! Our hosts where most hospitable and excellent company, and helpful in many practical ways(including arranging for a replacement of the hire car when the original car conked out) The house is well placed for visits to the coast, local towns , Spain ( just across the Minha river) and the local countryside with many unland roads affording spectacular views of the area. For us , a most memorable holiday in this beautiful part of Portugal

  • Review Submitted: 25-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this lovely review - you were such lovely guests and we hope to see you again xx
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5

A little slice of paradise!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful two weeks we spent as guests of Hjordis and Robin! This accommodation has everything you could want in terms of mod-cons, furnishings etc and so much more! The garden is beautiful and offers wonderful views of the Serra d'Arga mountain range and is well equipped with loungers, tables, parasols and even a hammock! Relaxing in gorgeous, tranquil surroundings is paramount here and we (2 adults and 3 young children) took full advantage of this! The area itself is rural which adds to its charm yet it is easy to drive a short distance to the coast, over the nearby border to Spain or a little further South to Porto and Amarante. Porto was really beautiful and made even more accessible thanks to Hordis' useful advice and tips. Amarante Water Park was a must-do for us with three young children (aged 10, 8 and 5) and again Hjordis helped in ensuring we made it there successfully ;) Another aspect that really impressed us was how inexpensive this region was in terms of dining out (very important with 5 mouths to feed!). This left us extra money to sample the very reasonably-priced local wine Vinho Verde. All in all, this was one of the best holidays we have ever had and this was helped by Hjordis and Robin who were so welcoming and helpful. We hope to be back some day!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us and thank you for this kind review. You would be welcome here any day, it was a pleasure to have you all.
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5

Wonderful, tranquil and warm

  • 5 of 5

I have visited this luxury accommodation in Covas twice. Once as a stop and rest on a pilgrimage to Santiago del Compostella, where Hjordis' nursing skills and helpful advice got me back on my feet. I liked it so much there that I came again with the extended family a year later and stayed a week. It is a quiet town, very well situated and close to major attractions. The flat is very tastefully renovated and has every comfort. It is clean and Hjördís, the owner, is very warm and helpful. I enjoyed the pateo in the morning sun, dinners outside on the veranda, going for walks or driving to nearby towns for excursions. I tried two restaurants in the village, both fine. I have only praise for this oasis and cannot wait to go there again.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You will be welcome anytime - thank you :)
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5

A little bit of heaven!

  • 5 of 5

We had the most fantastic stay at Hjordis and Robins fabulous property. It was 5 star accommodation with extras! Everything you could possibly need was readily available. The property was set in a lovely location and pretty central to visit lots of beautiful places. We ventured over to Spain a few times and visited places Robin and Hjordis recommended and we were not disappointed! The restaurants we tried were amazing. The setting for the accommodation was beautiful with stunning views. The gardens and patio area were full of flowers, immaculate and so peaceful. Nesi was great fun and always so happy to see you when you returned. We would love to think we will return one day as this is by far the best place we have ever stayed! Don't doubt whether to book just do it as you will definitely not be disappointed!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this kind review, we hope you will come back one day, all the best Hjördís
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5

Fantastic place

  • 5 of 5

We came to Covas in spring time, it was my first stay in Portugal and what a fantastic place. Hjordis and Robin are such wonderful hosts and Nesi became my favorite dog ever! The apartment is decorated in such tasteful and generours manner - its like being in a 5 star boutique hotel. We went sightseeing and wine tasting in the picturesque neighbourhood. The prices are very affordable and the portuguese are extremely hospitable. Our favorite restaurant was Foz de Minho in the town of Caminha. We will come back for sure!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks a lot for your kind review - think Nesi is still waiting for you to come back :)
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Covas, Viana do Castelo (District)

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Standard price
4 night minimum stay
£280
for 4 nights
£491
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please note the prices above are for 2 persons, for 3 persons or more we charge 100 Euros more a week !
Booking can be made by phone, but we prefer emails. We supply banking details at the time of booking and require a 25% non-refundable deposit upon booking and the balance to be paid 4 weeks before arrival. Please make sure you are fully insured for any injury, illness, cancellation, losses or damaged to your belongings during you're stay with us.

Changeover Day:
Changeover days are flexible. We ask guests to vacate by 10.30 so we have time to clean and prepare. The rooms should be ready to receive guests by 14.00.

Notes on prices:
The prices listed above are for 2 people.
For 3 or more people the prices are;
From 1st of April till 30th of June 550 Euros.
From 1st of July till 31st of August 650 Euros.
From 1st of September till the 20th of October 550 Euros.

Please contact owner for further information.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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